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I have always had an unhealthy relationship with exercise and food. I come from an athletic family but never tried any sports. My fear of failure has always held me back. So, I joined a gym at the age of 11 with an OBSESSION to be skinny. Except, I didn't want to do the work. A few years later, I joined a well-known weight loss program at age 14 with little to no success in actual weight loss. That program taught me to eat whatever I wanted as long as it was within the daily limit. If I went over the daily limit, I would nearly kill myself on an elliptical or spin class, thinking I could outwork a bad diet (spoiler alert, you can't). Years after that, I hired a nutritionist and was overwhelmed with the diet plan she had for me.

"At age 22, I was forced to stand on the scale at the doctor's office after many years of refusing to weigh."

I went into a season of depression and stopped caring about myself. I graduated college at the heaviest weight I have ever been. At age 22, I was forced to stand on the scale at the doctor's office after many years of refusing to weigh. I refused to look at my weight but later saw it on my chart. I was living in denial. I had medical issues starting at age 15 and would often use that to excuse my weight gain.

Nutrition is key.

After realizing how far I had let myself go, I decided I needed to do something drastic to lose weight. I started taking an over-the-counter diet pill and immediately dropped a few pounds. After a few weeks, the scale didn't move, so I created a strict 1,200 calorie diet. That worked for a little while but was very hard to maintain. I hired a personal trainer but was so self-conscious to exercise with him that I quit. I started running long distances, and within a year, I lost 60lbs. It took me another whole year to lose ten more pounds. Once I lost the weight, I always thought I could go back to my old lifestyle. Unfortunately, just when I thought I got my depression under control, it began to take over again, and so did the weight gain. After a few years of medical and marital issues, I nearly gained all of my weight back. Somewhere along the way I heard about Clean Kitchen and decided to give it a try. I learned so much about how unhealthy my relationship with food was. Clean Kitchen is great and I do my best to live the 80/20 lifestyle daily. Next, I became pregnant after years of waiting! I was overjoyed to be able to have a baby and gave myself a pass to eat whatever "the baby" wanted! I hardly moved during my entire pregnancy because I was scared to do anything strenuous. After having my baby, I realized how limited I was in being able to do simple things with her, like sitting comfortably on the floor or holding her while walking up the stairs. I knew I needed to do something.

"With Versus and Clean Kitchen, I've lost over 70lbs and kept it off." I was invited to a class at Versus by my brother-in-law/boss when I was just two months post-partum. I had all my excuses for why I couldn't do this or couldn't do that. I was overwhelmed with how helpful and understanding each of the coaches and members were to me. They tailor the workout to what is best for each person. That's what is so great about this gym. It's not a one-size-fits-all workout. It's about understanding your body and your limits. I have learned to push my body to uncomfortable places and be proud of the progress, even when it's slow. I may have tried many different things to lose weight and be healthy, but one thing I didn't try was CONSISTENCY. I believe the difference this time is how consistent I am. With Versus and Clean Kitchen, I've lost over 70lbs and kept it off. Honestly, I would have given up without this community like all the other times. The people that make up Versus genuinely want you to succeed. I love my Versus family, and I couldn't do it without the wonderful coaches and members! Versus has taught me to focus on what I CAN do instead of what I CAN NOT do. Contact Versus Today ~> VERSUS

Posted 13th February by versussuccessstories

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